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Backup Power

What is backup power?

When the national grid fails most properties are left without electricity.  These outages can range from nuisance trips to very long periods of time as experienced in the January/February storms of 2014.

Our backup systems automatically switch on and provide power, enabling the owners to carry on about their day to day lives. 

Why should I get a backup power system?

Life goes on, continue as if nothing has happend whilst your neighbours are trying to workout when they will be back to normal.  Backup power is essential for small businesses that require a permanent electricity supply.  If you run medical equipment or just need to keep the heating on then a backup system is a must.

Back up power systems are ideal for hotels, guest houses, pubs and restaurants.  Keep the till ringing whilst your competition has to close.

What does it consist of?

Backup systems vary depending on the requirements of the customer.  A very basic system would consist of a generator and transfer switch.  The grid fails, the ower switches the transfer switch to the generator and the starts the generator. This can be automated using an automatic transfer switch, however there will still be a loss of power for a very short period of time.

If you want uninteruptable backup power, then a batttery bank along with an inverter charger are required.  When the grid is active the batteries are charged and sit waiting.  When the grid fails the inverter charger switches to battery power in approximately 10ms, providing pure sinewave electricity at 230V AC. To protect against long periods of grid failure and generator would be required to top up the batteries periodically.

I have solar panels fitted will they still work?

Our backup power systems allow solar panels to continue to work during grid failures.  You will keep receiving your feed in tariff payments and charge the batteries during the day in readyness for the evening.